Inserting References into a Publication

Using the Publication Assistant, you can easily insert references into your document. Depending on your settings, Citavi can insert the reference in the main body of the text or in a footnote.

Getting StartedCreating a Publication with Writer

Before formatting

After formatting

{Miller 2004 #38i:12}

(cf. Miller 2004, p. 12)
The word "cf." will automatically appear if it is defined as a prefix for indirect quotations (shown here with the lowercase letter i) in the citation style.

{"cf. " Miller 2004 #38}

(cf. Miller 2004)

{Erpenbeck 2005 #65}{Lloyd 2003 #57}{Mugabushaka 2005 #101}

(Erpenbeck 2005; Lloyd 2003; Mugabushaka 2005)

({Schmidt 1994 #98: 84}, as cited by {Miller 2004 #38: 14})

(Schmidt 1994, p. 84, as cited by Müller 2004, p. 14)

Often, you will cite several sources for a single statement. Simply insert the placeholder for each reference directly beside the others and Citavi will automatically merge them into a multiple citation according to the selected citation style: {Norman 2002}{Nielsen 2000}{Tufte 2006} becomes (Norman 2002; Nielsen 2000; Tufte 2006) after formatting using the Citavi Default Style.

To force Citavi to create individual citations for each reference, separate each placeholder with a non-breaking space (in Word, type Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar).

If you insert quotations from Citavi, lowercase letters for the quotation type will be placed after the sequence number, i.e. {Harris 17.11.1997 #3d}. There are four quotation types:


You can also insert placeholders simply by double-clicking (and thus save a lot of time) if you first change your settings under: Tools > Options > General > Publication Assistant.